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Published: 2020-06-30
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Archaeoserphites engeli sp. nov., the first archaeoserphitid wasp in Burmese amber and first known archaeoserphitid female (Hymenoptera, Archaeoserphitidae)

A.A. Borissiak Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 117647 Moscow, Russia Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Kirchgasse 11, 71083 Herrenberg, Germany
Hymenoptera Archaeoserphitidae


Burmese amber is currently the most popular and prolific source of fossil Hymenoptera, yielding a plethora of diverse and often unique fossils (Ross, 2020), and so vastly broadens and deepens our understanding of the mid-Cretaceous insect diversity in tropics in the midst of Tethys Ocean (Rasnitsyn & Öhm-Kühnle, 2018a; Zhang et al., 2018a). Parasitic wasps of the extinct superfamily Serphitoidea are a common, yet very unusual component of the Cretaceous microhymenopterans (Gibson et al., 2007; Engel, 2016; Rasnitsyn & Öhm-Kühnle, 2018a, b, 2020). Of them, Archaeoserphitidae represent a most basal and least explored branch known from a single find of two males in a piece of a comparatively ancient (Barremian) Lebanese amber (Engel, 2016). We identified the first female of Archaeoserphites Engel, 2016 in the comparatively younger, mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber and present its description in the publication on hand.


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